Do you know how to crochet? When the ladies at the IBC suggested we do a crochet challenge, my heart sank. You see I can knit almost anything, but I’ve never learned how to use that hook. I’m all thumbs. So I cheated and went to my favorite thrift store to find what I needed to make this charming crocheted doily air plant holder.

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I did crochet the cord for the little swing that supports the air plant though. So that’s not full-on cheating right?!!

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And after watching this video I managed to make some flowers too.

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They’re not perfect, but I’m super proud of myself for trying.

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I think this crochet thing could become a little addictive once I figure that hook out.

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And the Doily air plant holder looks so good with the linen-covered books we made a while back.

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Can you guess that I’m a little besotted with air plants 😀

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If I didn’t have to crochet anything for this challenge the doily air plant holder would have been done in 2 hours flat. Oh well, I learned something new and I got to repurpose a broken terra-cotta pot too.

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Okay, before I show you how to make a doily air plant holder (coz I’m not even going to attempt to show you how to use a hook 😉 ), be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need

  • A crocheted doily
  • Air plant
  • Broken terra cotta pot
  • An assortment of scrap fabric and ribbons
  • Fishing line and yarn needle
  • An embroidery hoop or metal ring
  • Fabric hardener (optional). I used a local product from A.Shak.

What you need to repurpose a doily and make an air plant holder

How to make a doily air plant holder using recycled bits

One of my terra cotta pots cracked and I’ve been saving the pieces to recycle one day. Now with the crochet challenge looming, I could finally use one of the broken bits.

Broken shards of a terra cotta pot

I figured it would make the perfect holder if I combined it with the doily. All I needed to do was cut it to the right size and drill two holes for hanging. If you don’t have a piece of terra cotta lying around you can adapt this teddy bear swing tutorial and use a piece of wood instead. To see how I cut and drilled my terra cotta pieces, watch the action-packed video below 😉

Cutting terra cotta for craft projects

To seal the terra cotta after it had been cut, I applied some of our homemade gesso with my finger. I don’t think this step is necessary, but it did give the terra cotta an old worn look.

Apply some gesso or paint to seal the terra cotta

Just make sure to clean the holes out before the gesso dries.

Remove any excess gesso with a toothpick

With the terra cotta done, it was just a question of attaching the doily to a hoop of some sort. As luck would have it, the only hoop I had in my stash was a rusty metal ring that clashed horribly with the color of the doily.

Paint the hoop so it tones in with the doily

Nothing that a little paint won’t cure 😀 To sew the doily onto the hoop I used a clear fishing line.

Use clear fishing line to sew the doily onto the hoop

Once the doily is secured to the hoop, add a long crochet chain or some twine to the top for hanging later.

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Tie a whole bunch of ribbons, lace, and scrap fabric on the bottom of the hoop.

Gather up some fabric strips, lace and ribbons

Those scraps might look familiar. I used similar ones when I made this t-shirt yarn dreamcatcher.

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And because I was so terribly proud of myself, I added my crochet flowers on too. Feel free to add whatever bits make you happy.

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Just have fun and don’t worry about being perfect.

Stiffening the doily up a little

This step is optional but since my hoop was a bit smaller than the doily and the top of the doily kept on flopping down, I used fabric stiffener to make it stay up. I recently discovered this awesome mixture that’s made here in South Africa called A.shak Cameo, (not an affiliate link I just really like the stuff). Unlike traditional fabric stiffeners, A.shak Cameo makes fabric rock hard. So if you’re using something similar it’s important to only stiffen the doily after it’s attached otherwise the needle will never go through. I did thin mine down a little bit before applying it to the top and sides with a sponge.

Mixing up a batch of Fabric stiffener and sponging it onto the doily

That’s so much better 😀

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Wait for the stiffener to dry completely before hanging the broken terra cotta bit on the hoop using another crocheted chain or some twine.

Make a knot in the crochet chain and thread it through the terra cotta shard and tie it onto the doily hoop

Pop the air plant on the little terra cotta swing, hang and enjoy.

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My air plant with its curly leaves has no problem resting on the terra cotta swing.

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If you find yours keeps falling off, you can secure it with some wire. Don’t use hot glue since you need to be able to take the air plant off for her weekly water dip.

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So what do you think? Would you repurpose a crochet doily and a broken terra cotta pot to make an air plant holder?

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If you like the idea of making a doily air plant holder, don’t forget to pin it for later.

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Looking for a charming way to incorporate plants in your décor? This repurposed doily air plant holder is quick and easy to make and can be hung anywhere to add a little natural greenery to your home. #ACraftyMix #BrokenTerraCotta #GreenWallDecor

Wanna see what my fellow bloggers did with their “Hooked on Crochet” challenge?

Hooked on crochet IBC challenge
  1. Sara, who BTW knows a thing or two about crochet, designed this stunning crocheted wall hanging.
  2. Marianne didn’t want to waste some leftover plaster and made this gorgeous crochet bowl.
  3. Anita did something truly special with her challenge and created a dementia sensory mat.
  4. Doily air plant holder by yours truly.

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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